Can DNA paperclips explain invisible diseases?


About the research

Millions of people worldwide suffer from 'invisible' diseases such as chronic widespread pain and chronic fatigue syndrome, which makes patients feel ill for days or even weeks after a small effort, such as washing their hair. Jolien Hendrix (VUB - KU Leuven) tries to understand these diseases by looking at epigenetics. Epi what?! Well, you can see this as DNA paperclips as Jolien explains vividly in this video!  

Jolien Hendrix
KU Leuven - VUB

Jolien Hendrix studied biomedical sciences at the University of Antwerp as she has always been fascinated by the complexity of the human body. Her interests are mainly focussed on invisible diseases that are still a mystery to science. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at the VUB and KU Leuven. Here, she investigates the role of epigenetics in chronic widespread pain and ME/CFS, hoping that her research will pave the way towards personalised therapies.

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